How does a rego check work?

Where Can I Find the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)?

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer.

The VIN can be found in a couple of places including on the car's registration label (1), on the compliance plate in the engine bay (2) or on the passenger side windshield (3), or on one of the door posts (where the door latches when it is closed) (4). See the image below:

Look for the VIN in these other locations:

  • Insurance card/Insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration certificate


Check Rego 

When you want to check rego on a second-hand car you’re interested in, look no further than a comprehensive CarHistory Report. A rego check is a simple check of a car’s registration to confirm key details about its registration history. 
Rego checks are particularly useful if you’re considering buying a used car, whether it’s privately or through a dealership. The results of your rego check will confirm the registration number of the vehicle and provide the status and expiry date of any current registration. It will also confirm the make, model and body shape of the car. 
The reason for running a rego check yourself is to verify that what the seller is communicating about the used car is accurate. This will help ensure that you’re not being scammed or mistakenly finding yourself with an unregistered vehicle in your hands. Driving an unregistered car on Australian roads can result in fines and demerit points, a situation we know you would rather avoid. You also run the risk of being caught without Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. If you’re driving an unregistered vehicle involved in an accident involving a third party, you could find yourself paying for damages out of pocket.  
A rego check can provide some peace of mind in this respect when buying a used car. The basic rego check can be done online via the Transport Department of the State the vehicle is registered. 
If you want more information on the history of the vehicle you're interested in, consider getting a comprehensive CarHistory report and running a VIN check Australia-wide, with the car’s unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This report gives you all available details on the car, including whether it has ever been stolen, written off in an accident, or if it’s under finance still owing. Our report will also give you a current vehicle valuation, so you can compare it with the seller’s asking price and potentially negotiate a better deal. 
If you’re keen to check the rego on a vehicle you’re interested in, you can do it easily online. While the seller might seem trustworthy, they might not even be aware of certain details about the car’s history. It’s important to do your homework when it comes to buying a second-hand car.   
That’s why CarHistory is here. We provide the most comprehensive vehicle history reports in Australia across all states and territories, so you can make an informed decision before purchasing a used vehicle. 
Check the rego of any vehicle you’re interested in at no cost online today.  

How does a rego check work?

We can also check a few details of the rego at CarHistory. Once you submit the rego number, our system mines all the data we can find linked to the rego number and produces a report for you. It usually takes a few minutes, so it’s not long at all before you can see the results of the rego check.
Then, if you’re interested in finding more, you can select from our two report packages. Our Personal Properties Securities Register Check (PPSR check) will indicate if the car is under current financing. Our comprehensive CarHistory Report will give you everything we find on the car, from the registration, PPSR Certificate as well as details on whether the car has ever been stolen or written off, details of the first sale of the car, whether the odometer has been tampered with and provide a current vehicle valuation.  
The amount of information you wish to access is completely up to you. Having more information will help you make better decisions, but it also depends on your experience with used cars. Nevertheless, a basic item, check rego, is a must for everyone, to have peace of mind about the second-hand vehicle you are purchasing.  

When is a rego check necessary? 

If you’re interested in a second-hand car, we recommend you check the rego on the vehicle before finalising the purchase.  
The check results will give you a better idea of whether the registration for the vehicle has lapsed or how long it is before you need to renew the registration yourself as the new owner.  

How to check rego online?

If you're keen to check rego on a vehicle you’re interested in purchasing, ensure you have the rego number – that’s the license number – then hop online at the state transport department website. If you’re interested in a CarHistory Report, follow the prompts to complete a motor vehicle registration check. Your report is processed immediately, so you’ll have the results in no time at all.  
From there, you can have a look at the PPSR vehicle check or a complete VIN number check, if you want to know the combined rego and PPSR history of your future car. Simply select the option that suits your interests, complete your purchase, and a detailed report will be available for you to download shortly. You need not worry if you’re looking for a rego check in Brisbane, Victoria rego check, or a ​​REVS check in NSW; we are there to help.
Check rego on the vehicle you intend to purchase now at CarHistory. 





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